On Thursday, Council will be discussing this report from the Vancouver Economic Development Commission:
I did a quick search, wondering how many times these terms came up:
climate change, greenhouse gases, sea-level rise
The answer: zero.
How much discussion about the impact of freighters (the largest point source of some pollutants) on air quality.
Or the impact on agricultural lands of expanding port facilities.
I appreciate that there are many points of view on Gateway, the need for port expansion, and the economic opportunities for Vancouver as the Asian entrance to North America. But how can an organization charged with strategic thinking and the health of this city and region have no viewpoint on the issues which will determine the fundamental livability, viability and even the existence of parts of this region, not to mention port operations?
In the not-too-distant future, that will seem to be not just oblivious but irresponsible.